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Paralbara Watson

Type species: muscularia Walker, N.E. Himalaya.

This genus was defined by Watson (1968) as a close relative (probably the sister-genus) of Albara. The species are a similar deep purple-grey, but without obvious oblique fasciae, these being more poorly defined and lunulate. The male and female antennae are similar to those of Albara.

Diagnostic features of the male abdomen include: a bilobed distal margin to the seventh sternite, with an asymmetric plate set between the lobes; very strongly divided uncal processes (spatulate, setose) with strong socii, ventral, more spine- like, and divided, complex valves; a narrow, tapering aedeagus.

In the female genitalia there is a broad antevaginal plate. The ovipositor lobes are complex, divided. The bursa is spherical, with or without a rounded, scobinate signum. The ductus bursae is narrower and longer than in Albara.

The genus consists of five species and extends from the Himalaya to China and Sundaland. Two species are found in Borneo.

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